Reconstruction from Hydraulic to Oliver starts with relocation of utility lines
Work to improve East 13th street began this week with the relocation of utility lines in preparation for reconstructing the corridor from Hydraulic to Oliver in 2012-2013.
AT&T lines are being moved now, and will be followed by gas, electric, and cable relocation work. Water and sewer utilities will be relocated and upgraded as part of the reconstruction project. Traffic will generally be limited to one lane in each direction but work at times will require closure of a single direction for a short time. The closures will be signed in advance.
The reconstruction of 13th Street from Hydraulic to Oliver is slated to begin in 2012, after completion of right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation work. The $12 million project will widen 13th to provide a center left-turn lane, as well as new sidewalk, storm drains and upgraded traffic signals.
One lane of traffic in each direction will normally be maintained on 13th Street during the utility relocation work and street reconstruction process, as well as modified access to businesses. Side streets will be closed and left turns will be prohibited at various times during the project.
“This is a complex project given the number of businesses along this route and the volume of traffic 13th Street carries,” Jim Armour, City Engineer, said. “Years of planning and coordination have gone into this project and the utility relocations are just the first visible signs of progress.”